The front runners took advantage of favourable weather this morning by running very quickly, with the first four finishers all achieving Personal Best times. The first two had a battle royale with just one second separating first placed Tommy Harrison and Lukas Siska. Tommy (Bolton United) running for the 55th time at Bolton removed 3 seconds from his time of April last year and the last seven times he has appeared at Bolton he has been first across the line. His time today is the 14th fastest time ever seen at Bolton. Lukas (Horwich) has run 22 times at Bolton and took 9 seconds from the time he set earlier this year in February, and his time today is the 16th fastest ever seen here. Joseph Howe of Blackburn Harriers finished in 3rd position in a new Personal Best time of 17:46, taking almost 30 seconds from the time he ran the last time he appeared at Bolton which was over 18 months ago. Jon Evans finished 4th after taking 22 seconds from his time of 14 weeks ago. Jon has run 22 parkruns, all of which have been at Bolton.

The first lady to finish was Paula Pilling of Burnden Roadrunners who has been first placed Lady at Bolton on 43 occasions, almost twice as many first placed finishers of any other runner in Bolton parkrun history. Sarah Watton (also Burnden) finished as 2nd placed Lady, just missing a Personal Best time by 7 seconds, with Rebecca Suckling coming home 3rd.

In all there were an incredible 51 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, taking advantage of the weather. All aboard the PB Express everyone. At Bolton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 38 so we were well above the average number this week.

CATEGORY RECORDS: There were no new Category records set this week.

119 runners were ladies and 181 were men, and there were 28 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should be someone they know.

There were 37 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Bolton of which 29 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. They were 29 of the 11,956 people who became parkrunners for the very first time last weekend. At Bolton we average 24 First Timers every week, so again, well over the average.

On Saturday there were 20 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded. There are not many rules at parkrun but due to the nightmare of administrating people who don’t have a barcode, there are no exceptions: no barcode – no time.


The Burnden Roadrunners are closing in on having 10,000 finishers at Bolton parkrun, far more than any other running club. They are currently on 9,731 and I think they should see that milestone on either the 13th or 20th October. Who will it be?

Those celebrating milestones with us this week.

Timothy Green - 175 runs

Anne Rustidge (Darwen Dashers) - 75 runs

Suzanne Williams - 75 runs

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

Ian Riggs - 274 runs

Tony Wall (Burnden Roadrunners) – 174 runs

Rachel Howarth (Burnden Roadrunners) – 124 runs

Nicola Bennett – 99 runs. If she runs next week, Nicola will get herself a Jet Black 100-run T-shirt. She has done 96 of her 99 runs at Bolton, starting in June 2014 with our event # 169. This week she ran a Personal Best time of 33:30 which took 15 seconds from her time from October last year. This week there were 333 runners in the UK who joined the 100-club and there are over 32,000 members.

Philip Glassbrook (Burnden Roadrunners) 74 runs

Graham King (Ramsbottom Running Club) 74 runs

These runners are just 5k short of their personal milestones.

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

Junior White (10 runs) – 9 runners

Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 47 runners

Jet Black (100 runs) – 49 runners

Green (250 runs) – 8 runners

Blue (500) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 321 runs

Samid Al-Kamil (Bramhall Runners) 285 runs

Ian Riggs 274 runs

Paul Johnson 273 runs

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 267 runs

These five runners have completed 1,420 parkruns between them.

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IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have an “It’s my Birthday” bib which you can wear on the way around the course so that the marshalls and other runners can shout nice things as you run past. And you’re certain to get your photo taken and a mention in the report. So, if it’s your birthday, make it known to the Race Director before the run starts.

FANCY being a pacer? We have a range of waistcoats if you wish to do a service to some fellow runners by getting them around the course in a certain time. And I speak with some authority here. This week, we had a 25-minute pacer and while I knew staying with him the whole way was a bit of a stretch, it was only on the out-and-back that I fell back, and finished in 25:19, which was my fastest time at Bolton since New Years Day 2015. So why not give something back to someone who could use a bit of help, and get yourself a volunteer credit at the same time?

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email This week, we had 33 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the warmer, sunnier atmosphere.

And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Bolton (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

Bolton parkrun started on the 5th February 2011 with 60 runners and 8 volunteers. The course record was set on 22nd April by Michael Cayton in 15:46, and the female course record was set by Elizabeth Greenwood in March 2012 at 18:22. There have been 7,948 different runners on the course, representing 360 different running clubs, and they have completed 72,255 runs. The average attendance is 218 every week and there have been 12,837 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 448 which was set in June, and Bolton parkrunners have completed 361,275Km and have been running for 3 years and 359 days, so closing in on 4 years of parkrunning. If we keep up our average, we should pass 4 years in two week’s time!

And that’s it for the report for run #331. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you all again in a few weeks.

Barry Shackleton #loveboltonparkrun